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Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Alert

On December 14th, 2017 at 11:21pm on I-74 Mile marker 27, A Toyota Corolla was traveling East bound when it left the roadway, crossed the center median and struck a Chevrolet SUV traveling in the West bound lanes. The driver of the Toyota then exited his vehicle to speak with the driver of the SUV. A short time later the driver of the Toyota attempted to cross West bound traffic when he was struck and killed by a Ford F750 traveling West bound.

 

Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Woodhull Police Department, Osco Fire Department and Illinois State Police District 7 responded to the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet SUV was transported from the scene with nonlife threatening injuries. West bound traffic was shut down at exit 32 for the crash investigation. All lanes were reopened at 6:30 am.

 

This crash remains under investigation.

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Red Cross Offers Ways To Help

After responding to a string of historic disasters, the American Red Cross is appealing to the public to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season. Throughout the Holiday Giving Season, donors can help bring hope and relief to children, families and communities that need it most with their holiday shopping.

 

Beginning in late August, the Red Cross embarked on providing wide-ranging relief efforts in response to three historic back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—followed closely by the deadliest week of wildfires in California history. In response to these disasters, the Red Cross provided more food to those affected than in the past four years  combined.

 

The need for Red Cross services is constant, and the organization’s Holiday Giving Campaign offers donors the opportunity to honor someone special with a unique gift. Gifts can help families who have lost everything after a disaster, support military heroes and veterans facing emergencies, and save children’s lives around the world.

 

People have been very kind in supporting the Red Cross over the years by volunteering their time, giving their blood, and donating their money,” says Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. We ask for your help this holiday season to support the people in need in our community.”

 

How You Can Give Back
Through the Holiday Giving Campaign, people can give gifts that uniquely give back to people in the community while supporting the organization’s mission. Individuals can choose from three essential giving opportunities:

1.    Gifts that help disaster victims. For example, a donation of $25 can provide blankets—as well as warmth and a sense of security—for five people staying in an emergency shelter. A $30 gift can provide hot meals for three people following a disaster while a $50 donation can supply a full day of emergency shelter with urgently needed essentials, including three meals, two blankets, a cot, snacks and personal hygiene supplies for someone impacted by disaster.

2.    Gifts that help our troops. For example, a $145 contribution can show our heroes and veterans that we care by providing military hospital kits to 20 service members.

3.    Gifts that help internationally. For example, a financial contribution of $100 can educate families and vaccinate 100 children against measles—a $500 gift can vaccinate an entire village.

 

To give with meaning, visit redcross.org/giftChoose from the diverse assortment of symbolic gifts, and make a tax-deductible donation online or, call 1-800 RED CROSS to support the corresponding Red Cross services. Then, send a card to the friend, family member, co-worker or customer being honored by your donation.

 

The Red Cross also encourages eligible individuals to give with meaning this holiday season by donating blood or platelets. Blood and platelet donations tend to decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday-related activities and travel, but patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. Generous blood and platelet donations can help ensure lifesaving blood products reach those who need them including accident victims, heart surgery patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. Make an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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BHC Announces Holiday Schedule

 

All Black Hawk College locations and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 1. However, minimester classes will be conducted Dec. 26-29 at the Quad-Cities Campus.

 

Students can register for Spring 2018 classes while the college is closed.

 

Registration is available online ONLY Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 1 with online payment by credit card or electronic check only.

 

Students can look online to see what classes still have openings by visiting www.bhc.edu/schedule.

 

Spring 2018 classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.

 

For more information, call 309-796-5300 or visit www.bhc.edu/register.

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United Township H.S. Plans Wall Of Fame Ceremonies

 

 

The United Township High School Class of 1967, the United Education Foundation, and United Township High School are pleased to announce a ceremony to dedicate the plaque created to honor all the men and women who died serving our country in any war or conflict involving U.S. Military who either graduated or attended UTHS.

 

The dedication ceremony will take place at the high school in Gym B Friday, December 15, 2017, at approximately 7:15 p.m., between the sophomore boys and varsity boys basketball games.  Family members of the fallen veterans being honored are invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

 

The memorial plaque is made of bronze and was designed with the assistance of students in UTHS art classes.  The plaque will be permanently mounted inside the high school on the outside wall of the UTHS Hall of Fame using a mounting frame designed and built by the Industrial Arts class students.  Private donations were the sole source of funding for this project through the United Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enhance the classroom experience of all the students of the partner districts.

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Moline Police Investigate Accident

 

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Moline Police and Fire were dispatched to the 4800 block 4th Avenue, Moline in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

 

On arrival, officers located four occupants in an SUV and the operator of the motorcycle.

 

The operator of the motorcycle, a 24 year old East Moline resident, was transported by Moline Fire Department to Genesis-Illini Campus and later transported by MedForce to OSF-St. Francis in Peoria for treatment of life threatening injuries.  The operator is in critical condition at this time.

 

One occupant, an infant male, of the SUV was transported to Unity Point-Rock Island for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The other three occupants of the SUV were not injured.

 

The driver of the SUV, a 31 year old East Moline resident was in the vehicle with three children under the age of 9.

 

The roadway was shut down for a period of time while Moline Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Division investigated.

 

Moline Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crash or events leading up the crash to contact Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401. 

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River Cruises Not Going to Happen

Viking Cruises run their boats in Europe, Asia and Africa. They wanted to run river cruisers up and down the Mississippi, but that's not going to happen.

Hannibal, Missouri, City Manager Jeff LaGarce says Viking tried for two years to meet the myriad of federal regulations to run on the river. But recently, LaGarce said, Viking decided the regulations were too much to be profitable.

"I have a statement here that says, 'It became apparent that the economics didn't meet Vikings' goals'," LaGarce said. "So I don't know if this [cancellation] can be attributed to the Jones Act or to red tape bureaucracy at the federal level, which is famous and notorious."

The Quincy Herald Whig reported that Viking scuttled the project because regulations would have forced them to build their boats in the U.S.

A Viking representative said the company is continuing to "work" on the Mississippi River project.

LaGarce said it comes down to a simple problem.

"I don't think the federal government understands private business," LaGarce said. "I don't think they've ever understood private enterprise. At least not in my career."

Viking's plan was to cruise from at least Memphis to near Minneapolis, and stop in towns in between.

LaGarce said Hannibal and Quincy, Ill., see more than 100,000 visitors a year. The Viking cruises, he said, would have brought about 38,000 more tourists each summer.

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Open Enrollment Ends Friday, December 15th

 

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is reminding consumers that the 2018 Open Enrollment Period ends Friday, December 15, 2017. All Illinoisans needing health insurance coverage for 2018 must enroll by 11pm on Friday, December 15, 2017.

In past years, consumers had time to change plans in January after receiving their first premium bill.  With a shortened Enrollment Period ending December 15th, this is no longer an option, making it important to select the right plan the first time.

“We do not recommend passively re-enrolling because prices and plans change every year. Cost should not be the only factor in choosing a plan. For example, consumers should be sure to look at a plan’s provider network and coverage,” Hammer said.

This year, DOI partnered with GoHealth to improve the shopping experience for Illinoisans looking to purchase a 2018 health insurance coverage. Consumers who visit GetCovered.Illinois.Gov are now able to view individual plans offered both on and off the Exchange. Using the Connector tool on the website, consumers can arrange appointments with navigators and certified application counselors.

Consumers who have questions, or who are looking to sign up for a plan over the phone, may request to speak to a licensed insurance agent by calling 866-311-1119 Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Director Hammer implemented a statewide consumer outreach initiative, with at least one event in each of Illinois’ 102 counties, where consumers can meet one-on-one with a member of the Get Covered staff to ask questions and receive assistance.

“Illinois is a large state and our goal was to reach all parts of it. We wanted to sit down with people faceto-face in a place that is convenient for them,” Director Hammer said.

DOI has also been promoting the importance of the shortened Enrollment Period through social media, radio, and a campaign on Chicago’s transit system.

“It is our job at the Department of Insurance to protect consumers. Accidents and illnesses can happen at any time, and we are helping consumers protect themselves with health insurance before it’s too late,” said Director Hammer.

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Health Dept Has Radon Kits For Sale

  The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that they now have Radon Home Test kits available for purchase through their offices in Kewanee and Colona.  The kits are being offered at the low cost of $15 per kit.

 

     Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director encourages area residents to give the gifts of good health and peace of mind this holiday season to the homeowner in their life; by purchasing one of these radon home test kits. 

 

     David notes, “Many people don’t even know that Radon gas is such a health threat.  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas present in the soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels in the home.  Radon gas is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and invisible and the only way to know if a home has a radon problem is to test for it. Breathing radon can increase ones risk of lung cancer.  If you are a smoker, your risk is even more heightened.”

 

     David adds, “Radon gas found in 65% of homes in Henry County and 82% of homes in Stark County.  Radon is a Class A human carcinogen, meaning there is actual evidence that exposure to radon causes lung cancer.  It is the cause of 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States annually.”

 

     Testing your home is the only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon.   If radon levels, above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) action level of 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), are detected in your home; the Health Department can provide you with information regarding radon mitigation on our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or through our Environmental Health Division. 

 

     For more information  on Radon Gas or the Radon Home Testing Kits call (309) 852-0197.  Remember,  you can always Find Us on Facebook or Follow Us On Twitter.

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ISP And Operation Care This Weekend

Illinois State Police (ISP) will conduct a statewide enforcement initiative in support of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the Holiday Lifesavers Weekend, December 15-17, 2017

During this enforcement period, ISP Troopers will be stopping and arresting drunk drivers on Illinois roadways.  Our enforcement efforts will include roadside safety checks, saturation patrols, and aggressive driving reduction efforts.  Troopers will specifically look for Fatal Four violations; Speeding, DUI, Distracted Driving, and Seat Belts.  

Reduce your speed – Speed is the number one contributory factor in crashes.

Drive sober – DUI fines and legal fees are costly. The average DUI costs $25,000 in fines and legal fees.  

Drop It and Drive – Keep your eyes on the road. You are 23 times more likely to get in a crash when texting and driving.

Buckle up – Seatbelts save lives.

GIVE THEM DISTANCE – Scott’s Law, also known as the “Move Over” law, states that when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, other drivers  shall yield the right-of-way by making a lane change and reducing speed and proceeding with due caution.  Effective January 1, 2017, Scott’s Law was expanded to require motorists to Mover Over for all stationery vehicles. If you see flashing lights, PLEASE Move Over.  The Move Over Law is intended to protect all of us.  Please respect other motorists and drive courteously.

“Safe driving habits are essential to reducing fatalities in Illinois,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.  “The ISP continues to work to remove unsafe drivers from our roadways.  We ask that you do your part to assist us in reducing fatal crashes.”

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Soy official stresses importance of local bridge projects along with lock and dam upgrades

Although ag groups continue to push for massive improvements to the inland waterway system, they also say don’t forget about local projects. Yes, locks and dams are long overdue for repairs says Mike Steenhoek with the Soy Transportation Coalition, but bridges, especially in rural areas, need some serious attention.
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The Illinois Soybean Association is among thirteen state soybean boards participating in the coalition. And the coalition along with many other agriculture groups have been keeping the inland waterway subject at the forefront. 

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WWE Returns To The QC in March 2018

WWE LIVE- Road to WrestleMania

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 - 7:30pm

Tax Slayer Center - Moline, IL

** Tickets On Sale 12/15! **

#WWEQuadCities

 

WWE Returns to Moline for the First Time in 2018!

See your Favorite Smackdown WWE Superstars including:

 

WWE Champion - AJ Styles

The New Day

Randy Orton

Shinsuke Nakamura

SmackDown Women's Champion - Charlotte

Jinder Mahal

Bobby Roode

SmackDown Tag Team Champions - The Usos

Kevin Owens

Sami Zayn

And Many More!*

*Card Subject to change

 

Tickets Start at $15!

 

Ticket Information:Tickets available Tax Slayer Center Box Office,

1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

 

WWE is the Best Value in Entertainment!

 

 

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Moline Police Respond to Two Monday Shootings

On Monday, December 11th, 2017, Moline Police Department responded to two separate shots fired incidents.

 

At approximately 8:30 PM, Moline Police responded to the 1900 block 15th Street A in reference to numerous calls of shots fired.

 

Moline Police located three unoccupied vehicles and an occupied residence had been struck by gunfire. It is believed that one vehicle was chasing another eastbound on 19th Avenue when one turned southbound on 15th Street A while the suspects were discharging a firearm striking the unrelated vehicles and residence.

 

No one was injured, the victims and the suspects fled the area and their identities are unknown at this time.

 

At approximately 9:20 PM, Moline Police responded to the 4200 block 22nd Avenue in reference to numerous calls of shots fired.

 

Moline Police located several shell casings but no property damaged by the gunfire. Moline Police did not locate any victims or suspects.

 

The suspects were last observed leaving the area westbound in a white four door vehicle with tinted windows, possibly a Chevrolet Impala.

 

There is no indication to believe the incidents are related to each other.

 

Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

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Upcoming Blood Drives

 

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

 

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

 

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 16-31

IA

 

Clinton

 

Clinton

1/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Clinton Shoe Sensation, 2900 South 25th Street Suite C

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IL

 

Carroll

 

Chadwick

12/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Chadwick Fire Department, 210 Calvert Street, Route 40

 

Savanna

12/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Savanna Fire Department, 101 Main Street

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Henry

 

Galva

1/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 N. W.  Second Ave

 

Geneseo

1/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State Street

 

Kewanee

12/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kewanee High School, 1211 East 3rd Street

12/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

12/14/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

12/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

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Mercer

 

Aledo

12/19/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.

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Rock Island

 

Moline

12/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross of Quad Cities, 1100 River Drive

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Whiteside

 

Fulton

12/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

 

 

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Winter winds have arrived in Illinois, but not snow

The winter winds have been blowing in much of Illinois, but snow hasn’t been flying. That’s due to atmospheric conditions says RFD Radio Network meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.
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Hicks says heavy snowfall in the near term is only going to occur around the Great Lakes. He says temperatures are expected be warmer in the 6-to-10 day outlook, but weather could be more active after that. 

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IDOT Traveler Survey Now Available

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the state’s transportation system through its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey, available today through Dec. 31.

“Illinois is the transportation hub of North America, a role we take very seriously,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “We deeply value the public’s feedback to help IDOT stay aware of every potential opportunity for improving how we maintain and grow Illinois’ transportation system.”

The annual survey, conducted through the University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office, seeks input on topics ranging from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving behaviors. Questions also address IDOT’s website, the state’s rest-area system and Amtrak service.

In an effort to expand the feedback it receives from the public, IDOT for the first time is making the survey available online. To take the survey, click here or visit idot.illinois.gov.

The Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey has been conducted annually since 2001. A copy of the 2016 survey and results, as well as data collected from past years, can be viewed here.

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Holiday Safety Tips

Many people have already purchased their Christmas Tree for this year and have already decorated, but others are still looking for theirs.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she has some tips to keep in mind…

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Ms. Tucker adds that best to leave the tree as far away as possible from fire and other sources of heat…

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Senior Light Tour Tonight

Monday, December 11 / 6:00-8:00pm

Tour some of Davenport's most festive neighborhoods in the Senior Light Tour led by the Davenport Police Department. Participants are encouraged to bring a lap blanket for the ride.

FREE

To register, visit the CASI Front Desk, or call 563-386-7477

Presented by the Davenport Police Department

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Black Hawk College to Host Safety Summit

 

Get updated information from safety professionals, gather resources to turn to for current OSHA and safety information, and network with other safety personnel Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Safety Summit at Black Hawk College in Moline.

 

The summit will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $89 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

 

For more information, visit www.bhc.edu/safetysummit or call the Business Training Center at Black Hawk College at 309-796-5718.

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The FCC is considering to end Net Neutrality

The FCC is considering ending Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality allows our internet to be a utility instead of a luxury. Businesses, Families, Students, and children rely on the internet to conduct business or homework. Net Neutrality prevents websites from being slower because those sites do not pay the ISP a premium fee for faster bandwidth. 

 

So far, there has not been a good argument on how this benefits the user. Ajit Pai made an argument that it will benefit the sick and elderly, but health services use "NON-BIAS (Broadband Internet Access Services) data services" which does have priority over regular internet traffic. Mr. Pai has not responded to this issue as well as many other facts that benefit only the ISP.

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Forest Grove Drive Phase II Opening

BETTENDORF, IA: Phase II of the Forest Grove Drive Reconstruction Project between Devils Glen Road and International Drive will re-open to thru traffic on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 

The reconstruction of Forest Grove Drive from the west City limits to International Drive has been a two-year project made possible by an 80% federal / 20% City match federal aid award.  The existing two (2) lane sealcoat rural roadway section has been replaced by a three (3) lane concrete roadway with a two-way left turn lane, on-road bike lanes and a ten foot (10’) recreational trail on the south side.  The paving is wide enough to accommodate a total of four (4) travel lanes in the future if the traffic volumes warrant it.  Remaining minor work will be completed as weather allows and potentially into the spring with no interruption of thru traffic.

 

For more information, contact the Bettendorf Public Works Department at 563-344-4055.

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Former Davenport Teacher pleads Guilty

Michael Ross, a former Davenport teacher, can face up to 20 years in prison. Mr. Ross was caught receiving and distrusting child pornography. Mr. Ross, who did plead guilty, will find out his fate in April 2018. He is facing five to twenty years in prison and a possible fine of $250K. 

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Cops & Firefighters For Christmas

Cops & Firefighters for Christmas

 

They are sworn to serve and protect, and for one day this year, to shop.  Members of the Rock Island Police & Fire Departments, along with volunteers from the City of Rock Island & the Rock Island / Milan School District, will be volunteering their time on Friday December 8th, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, shopping for holiday gifts with local children. 

 

The Cops & Firefighters for Christmas program brings together police & firefighters with a needy child to shop for Christmas gifts for themselves and/or their families.  The Cops for Christmas program is a positive opportunity that not only allows for the children to shop for gifts, but to also meet and spend time with local police officers & firefighters.

 

The children selected to participate in this program come through recommendations made by their respective schools.   This year, 40 children have been selected to participate in the program.

 

Funds for this program were raised throughout the year through various fundraising efforts by both the Rock Island Police and Fire Departments.  

 

The annual Rock Island Cops for Christmas event will be at the Walmart store located at 3930 44th Avenue Dr, Moline, IL.  After completing their shopping, the children will be treated to dinner, held in the Community room of the Rock Island Police Department between 6:30 – 7:00 pm. The dinner is sponsored by the Rock Island Police Department Protective and Benevolent Association Unit 3 and the Rock Island Fraternal Order of Police #57.

 

Donations for the Cops for Christmas program can be made to the Rock Island Police Department, 1212 5th Avenue, Rock Island, IL. 61201

 

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New State Fire Certification

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez and Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Director Royal Mortenson announced today an intergovernmental agreement that streamlines the process for Illinois firefighters who complete IFSI courses to receive state certification. Under the terms of the agreement, the IFSI will be granted state certification equivalency for its end-of-course examinations. This will eliminate the requirement imposed upon Illinois firefighters who attended IFSI courses to take both a final end-of-course examination and an OSFM examination in order to receive state certification. 

State Fire Marshal Perez stated “The Illinois legislature has mandated that the firefighters of Illinois receive training from the Fire Service Institute and certifications from the Office of the State Fire Marshal in order for them to operate smarter, safer and more effectively.  The closer alignment of these two state agencies will offer unparalleled quality in fire service education.  I look forward to continuing work with Director Mortenson to maximize the capabilities of both our agencies.”

Director Mortenson says “This agreement is the product of the close working relationship between the OSFM and IFSI, our shared responsibilities, and our shared commitment to provide Illinois firefighters the best training possible as well as making access to state certification as easy as possible.”

The OSFM is mandated under the Illinois Fire Protection Training Act (50 ILCS 740) to select and certify a training program at the IFSI for Illinois firefighters. The IFSI is mandated under the Illinois Fire Service Institute Act (110 ILCS 365) to provide firefighters, department officers, and other persons opportunities to comply with the OSFM state certification program. 
Both state agencies are members of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) which provides the governor information and recommendations specifically related to Illinois fire service response capabilities and firefighter training. In addition to state certification equivalency, the IFSI is accredited by two international third-party organizations (The Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualification System and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) to deliver accredited certification programs.

The agreement will take effect on January 1, 2018. All IFSI end of course examinations taken after this date that are submitted for state certification will receive OSFM equivalency status.

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At The Treasure Chest

QC Missing Persons Network and QC Pay it Forward are hosting a charity drive and open house this Saturday, Dec. 9th, from 1 to 4 pm at The Treasure Chest, 2754 12th Street, Rock Island. Both organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofits. Some examples of items being accepted are laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper products, bus tickets, winter wear such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and hand warmers, and personal hygiene items. No clothing, please. Free refreshments will be provided.

All proceeds from The Treasure Chest are donated to support both of these organizations year around.

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Students Receive $76,400 in BHC QC Foundation Scholarships

 

 

MOLINE, Ill. – The Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation has distributed more than $76,400 in scholarships to more than 100 Quad-Cities Campus students for the 2017-18 school year.

 

“On behalf of the foundation’s Scholarship Committee, we congratulate the 2017-2018 scholarship recipients and wish you tremendous success at Black Hawk College,” said Maureen Dickinson, executive director of the BHC QC Foundation.

 

“Thank you to all the donors who established scholarships and provided resources for the foundation. Clearly you value education and understand the importance of supporting students’ decisions to pursue their dreams at Black Hawk College,” she said.

 

“By helping meet educational needs for these students, you alleviate the stress that comes from financial worries and enable them to concentrate on getting the most out of their Black Hawk College experience. We are ever so grateful,” Dickinson said.

 

The 2017-18 BHC QC Foundation scholarship recipients, listed by state and hometown, are:

 

ILLINOIS

 

Aledo – Grace Debacker -- EALgreen Scholarship

 

Annawan –

· Jennifer Celus -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Kylie Blickem Scholarship

· Claudine Davis -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

 

Arenzville – Bethany Fischer -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

 

Cambridge – Raymond Castellano -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Sheet Metal Workers Scholarship

 

Carbon Cliff – Ibeeth Garza -- Quad Cities Alumni Scholarship

 

Colona – Derek Conduff -- Arthur B. Conelly Scholarship, John Kidwell IMPACT Scholarship and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

 

Cordova – Katie Young -- The Sedona Group Scholarship

 

Dunlap – Abigail Young -- The Villas at Black Hawk Scholarship

 

East Moline –

· Sarah Anderson -- John R. Cioe Memorial Scholarship

· Shelby Boggs -- Dr. Robert & Dorothy White Scholarship

· Monica Cabrales -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship

· Chelsey Dorsey -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship and Vickie L. Anderson Scholarship

· Dolores Garza -- Nursing Faculty Endowed Scholarship and Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Isaiah Gonzalez -- Lucy Brandicon-Leon Dombrock-Donna Figle O’Meara Memorial Music Scholarship

· Bryce Humphrey -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Josie Koueviakoe – Woman’s Club of East Moline Scholarship

· Johanna Lopez -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship

· Cole Lueders -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

· Alejo Ortega -- Dr. Norbert Barwasser Memorial Scholarship

· Raymond Terronez -- Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

 

Galva – Amanda Smith -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

 

Geneseo –

· Olivia Carroll -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Payton Conard -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

· Kiah VanWynsberghe -- Dr. Robert & Dorothy White Scholarship and Elaine K. Saffield Memorial Scholarship

 

Hampton – Jessica Harris -- Lane Evans Memorial Scholarship

 

Kewanee – Payton VanWassenhove -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship

 

Kirkwood – Kelsey Crain -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

 

Milan –

· Carol Axline -- Cummings Family Memorial Scholarship

· Madelyn DeYoung -- Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Scholarship and Milan Area Rotary Scholarship

· Andrea Fullerton -- Quad Cities Alumni Scholarship

· Ashley Hanson -- Dorothy Beck Scholarship, Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and The Sedona Group Scholarship

· Brandy Ploog -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Miranda Vavrosky -- Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Scholarship

 

Moline –

· Guadalupe Belmontes -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship

· Kaitlyn Cameron -- Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

· Kerridwyn Clark -- Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association Scholarship

· Elizabeth Cunningham -- ICCSF Health Trust Scholarship

· Dylan Freeman -- Paula Cravero Memorial Scholarship

· Easton Glynn -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Natural Science & Engineering Scholarship

· Pape Gning -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Oscar Gutierrez -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Quad Cities Alumni Scholarship

· Krista Lootens -- Burton C. and Anna L. Foster Scholarship

· Micaela Martinez -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

· Dieynaba Ndiaye -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Amadou Ndiaye -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Rachel Ness -- Marian Walters Health Occupations Scholarship

· Nicholas Nolte -- EALgreen Scholarship

· Kendra Percak-Dennett -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

· Gabriella Perez -- Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Salena Pizano -- Bradley D. Padakis Memorial Scholarship and Todd C. Harold Johnson Memorial Scholarship

· Elsa Portillo -- Carol and Esther Kalin Scholarship and Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Isaac Raymond -- Douglas L. Mitton Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship and Todd C. Harold Johnson Memorial Scholarship

· Sage Roberson -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Quad Cities Alumni Scholarship

· Alondra Rosas -- Barbra E. Garst Memorial Scholarship and Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Cammie Ruhl – King’s Daughters Nursing Scholarship and Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

· Michelle Santiago -- Gertrude West Scholarship and Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Adjovi Sedjro -- Bahnks/Decker/M. Grotzinger Memorial Scholarship

· Nicole Stoddard – Hawk’s Hub Textbook Scholarship

· Jamison Turk -- The Villas at Black Hawk Scholarship

· Mackenzie Wayne -- Gertrude West Scholarship and Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Sarah York -- Franklin Foundation Scholarship and Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Brittany Young -- Cummings Family Memorial Scholarship

 

Orion – Brittany Davis -- Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 Scholarship

 

Port Byron –

· Lindsey Berge -- Dr. Norbert Barwasser Memorial Scholarship

· Mackenzie Haskins -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Madison Haskins -- Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

· Kara Thurman -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

 

Prophetstown – Jill Calderone -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship and Burton C. and Anna L. Foster Scholarship

 

Quincy – Evan Hurst -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

 

Rapids City – Kayleen Mercer -- Bettie and Joe Truitt III Scholarship in memory of Joseph W. Truitt

 

Rock Island –

· Shelby Boysen-Ledbetter -- Quad Cities Alumni Scholarship

· Karen Costilla -- Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Crystyna Davidson -- State Representative Rich and Dean Betsey Morthland Scholarship

· Colin Frye -- Gertrude West Scholarship

· Ruben Garcia -- Dr. Barbara and Wayne Shellhouse Scholarship

· Amber Harrison -- Doris E. Braner Memorial Scholarship

· Brett Kerno -- Sandie K. Cockerill Scholarship

· Janette Mashimango -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship

· Judith Mencia -- Dr. Robert & Dorothy White Scholarship and Earl H. Beling Memorial Scholarship

· Jacob Naab -- Dr. Keith Miller Honorary IMPACT Scholarship

· Taylor Neyens -- Dr. Norbert Barwasser Memorial Scholarship

· Christina Poston -- Dr. Norbert Barwasser Memorial Scholarship and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 Scholarship

· Kayla Schanfish -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship and Cummings Family Memorial Scholarship

· Erica Sunken -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and P.J. and Molly Foley Rock Island Scholarship

· Queonna Watkins -- Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship and Robert J. Perkins Memorial Scholarship

 

Savanna – Marie Marheine -- Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

 

Sherrard – Leslie Hallstrom -- ICCSF Healthcare Scholarship

 

Silvis –

· Bernado Awoudi – King’s Daughters Textbook Scholarship and Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Kristal Caudillo -- Cummings Family Memorial Scholarship and King’s Daughters Nursing Scholarship

· Kirsten Montgomery -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship, Doris E. Braner Memorial Scholarship and Lowell N. Johnson Charitable Foundation Scholarship

· Reese Peterson -- Puffer/Reid Scholarship

 

Sterling – Heather Phillips -- Black Hawk College Foundation Scholarship and Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

 

Toulon – Jessica Loudenburg -- Erwin Johnson Memorial Scholarship and Martin E. Hayes Physics/Engineering Scholarship

 

Viola – Kyle Mack -- Jules Mueller Westmer Scholarship

 

IOWA

 

Bettendorf – Anna Black -- Gertrude West Scholarship

 

Davenport –

· Chloe Aguirre -- Gertrude West Scholarship and Robert & Blenda Ontiveros Family Foundation Scholarship

· Jennifer Hayes -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

· James Herzog -- National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Scholarship

· Brittany Lichty -- Leaders Under 40 Alumni Scholarship

· Megan Peterson -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

· John Schilder -- Roger A. Perley Memorial Scholarship

· Aliza Tandukar -- Cristina Greene Memorial Scholarship for International Students and Quad City’s Vintage Rods Scholarship

 

Eldridge – Reagan Adkisson -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

 

LeClaire – Michelle Smith -- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Scholarship

 

Muscatine – Hanna Dipple -- E.S. (Bert) Metcalf Memorial Scholarship

 

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Moline Foundation Appoints a New Director

- The Moline Foundation, a growing community foundation located at 1601 River Drive, Moline, Ilinois announces a new position has been added at The Moline Foundation. Joy Boruff, President and CEO announces that Jennifer von Kaenel, CFRE has joined as its new Director of Development & Public Relations.

 

Joy Boruff, President/CEO The Moline Foundation commented, "The Moline Foundation's growth has led us to add additional staff at this time. Jennifer von Kaenel's professional background is a perfect fit for The Moline Foundation. We are looking forward to having her help us further develop our funds and our service to our donors and nonprofit organizations."

 

Mrs. von Kaenel comes with twenty years of experience in development, marketing, and nonprofit management and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Most recently she was employed for seven years as the Director of Development for WVIK Quad Cities National Public Radio.

 

Mrs. von Kaenel stated, "I am fortunate to be joining such a respected community foundation that has been a philanthropic leader in the community for 65 years. I look forward to working The Moline Foundation Board of Directors and its staff to continue its success and growth in the future."

 

About The Moline Foundation

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides funding to health and human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for all citizens in a seven-county region including Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson and McDonough in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. 

 

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Office of the State Fire Marshal Streamlines Firefighter State Training Certification Process

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez and Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Director Royal Mortenson announced today an intergovernmental agreement that streamlines the process for Illinois firefighters who complete IFSI courses to receive state certification. Under the terms of the agreement, the IFSI will be granted state certification equivalency for its end-of-course examinations. This will eliminate the requirement imposed upon Illinois firefighters who attended IFSI courses to take both a final end-of-course examination and an OSFM examination in order to receive state certification.

State Fire Marshal Perez stated “The Illinois legislature has mandated that the firefighters of Illinois receive training from the Fire Service Institute and certifications from the Office of the State Fire Marshal in order for them to operate smarter, safer and more effectively.  The closer alignment of these two state agencies will offer unparalleled quality in fire service education.  I look forward to continuing work with Director Mortenson to maximize the capabilities of both our agencies.”

Director Mortenson says “This agreement is the product of the close working relationship between the OSFM and IFSI, our shared responsibilities, and our shared commitment to provide Illinois firefighters the best training possible as well as making access to state certification as easy as possible.”

The OSFM is mandated under the Illinois Fire Protection Training Act (50 ILCS 740) to select and certify a training program at the IFSI for Illinois firefighters. The IFSI is mandated under the Illinois Fire Service Institute Act (110 ILCS 365) to provide firefighters, department officers, and other persons opportunities to comply with the OSFM state certification program.
Both state agencies are members of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) which provides the governor information and recommendations specifically related to Illinois fire service response capabilities and firefighter training. In addition to state certification equivalency, the IFSI is accredited by two international third-party organizations (The Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualification System and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) to deliver accredited certification programs.

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BHC Registration Info

 

 

Priority registration for Spring 2018 classes at Black Hawk College ends Wednesday, Dec. 13.

 

Students can look up classes at www.bhc.edu/schedules. Registration information is available at www.bhc.edu/register.

 

Last-minute registration will begin Friday, Dec. 15 and end Friday, Jan. 12 with payment due at registration.

 

Spring 2018 classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.

 

For more information, call BHC Enrollment Services at 309-796-5300.

 

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Quarters One Opens for Christmas Tea

 

Quarters One on Arsenal Island opens for a Christmas Tea & Tour on Sunday, December 10, 2017, hosted by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation.  There will be two seatings, one at 12 noon and one at 3 p.m.

 

Attendees of the Christmas Tea will enjoy savory and sweet delights, several types of teas, and a guided tour of the historic Quarters One mansion decorated for the holidays.

 

Tickets are $25 per person, and may be purchased online at www.davenporthouse.org or by calling Judy Tumbleson at 309-786-5980.  Please indicate which time you’d like to attend.  Only paid attendees of the Christmas Tea will be able to tour Quarters One.

 

The Christmas Tea is sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America and Modern Woodmen representative Doug Grenier.

 

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation.  This tour has been declared a Special Event so guests may enter Arsenal Island with just their U.S. picture ID.  Simply tell the guard you are going to Quarters One.  Only the Moline gate will be open onSunday, December 10.

 

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community. 

 

For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.

 

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Davenport Police Association's Annual Domestic Violence Toy Drive

The Davenport Police Association is sponsoring the Family Resources Inc. 2017 Toy
Drive on Saturday, December 9th (10am to 6pm) and Sunday December 10th (10am to
5pm). This annual event raises money and toys at Christmas time for children taking part
in Family Resources programs, which include: the Domestic Violence Shelters, Child
advocate programs (i.e. victims of sex assaults and other at risk programs) and the Adopt
a Family Program.


The Toy Drive and partnership started in 2002 after Family Resources offices were
burglarized right before Christmas, toys and funds were stolen. This Annual event has
benefited and supported many smiles on children’s faces at Christmas Time. As police
officers we deal first hand with victims, and witness the trauma these kids endure over
the years. This has been a tradition that has continued for the past 15 years and this would
not be possible without the support and generosity of the community. 100% of all
donations benefit the children involved in these programs.
Officers and Family Resources staff will be collecting new toys and donations at
Northpark Mall, 320 W Kimberly Rd by Firestone on Saturday, December 9th (10am to
6pm) and Sunday December 10th (10am to 5pm. Monetary donations may be made
payable to Family Resources Inc. Donations can also be dropped off at the following
locations:


Davenport Police Department at 416 Harrison St during day time hours
Matt Sturdevant State Farm Office at 1903 Pershing Av in Davenport
US Adventure RV at 5120 N Brady St, Davenport


 

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Moline Police Investigate Weekend Death

On December 3rd, 2017, the Moline Police Department responded to a report of an injured person in the 5400 block 4th Avenue just before 11:00 AM.

 

On arrival, the Moline Police Department discovered a 26 year old male victim had been seriously injured and he was transported by Moline Fire Department to Genesis Hospital-Illini Campus.

 

The male was transported by MedForce to University of Iowa Hospitals where he died from his injuries.

 

The Moline Police Department was advised it was a domestic related incident that began in 1500 block 3rd Street, East Moline and ended in the 5400 block 4th Avenue, Moline when the male fell from a moving vehicle resulting in his death.

 

The driver of the vehicle, a 46 year old female has been interviewed by police and has not been charged at this time.

 

The Moline and East Moline Police Department are jointly investigating the incident with the assistance of the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Moline or East Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

 

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Second Annual Winter Iowa Senior Games to be Held in the Quad Cities

 

 Nearly 250 athletes from around the Midwest are expected to compete in the second annual Winter Iowa Senior Games, presented by Health Alliance Medicare, in the Quad Cities.  Registration is now open for participants and volunteers.

 Hosted by the Iowa Senior Games, this event will be held February 23-25, 2018.  Seven sports are featured and competition will be held on both sides of the river in Iowa and Illinois.  All men and women ages 50 and above are eligible to participate.  Iowa residency is not required to compete.

 “The Winter Iowa Senior Games allows us to bring the events to the participants” said Chuck Long, CEO and Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation.  “We’re excited to be back in the Quad Cities this February and we look forward to putting on another great event.”

 Sports include billiards, bowling, pickleball, swimming, table tennis, indoor tennis, and an indoor track and field meet. The public is encouraged to attend and cheer on the athletes.  Admission is free.

 Ten age groups are offered to men and women, allowing participants to compete against their peers.  Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 individuals in each age group event.

 Volunteers are needed to assist with the events.  Opportunities are available for individuals and groups.  No sport-specific knowledge is required.

 Registration is $25 through January 22, then $30 until the February 12 deadline.  For more information or to register, visit www.iowaseniorgames.org. 

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Moline Mayor Involved In Auto Accident

This morning at approximately 07:40 AM, Moline Police and Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of 7th Street and 34th Avenue.

 

The Moline Fire Department extricated one of the occupants and a total of three occupants were transported to Unity Point Hospital-Rock Island Campus for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Moline Police Department Traffic Unit.

 

Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri was the occupant of one of the vehicles and was transported to Unity Point-Rock Island for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

 

As with any motor vehicle crash, the Moline Police Departments wishes a speedy and full recovery to those involved.

 

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Shots Fired Investigation, 1400 Bridge Ave

On Saturday December 2, 2017 at approximately 12:08 AM Davenport police responded to the 1400 block of Bridge Ave in reference to a report of shots being fired. Officers canvassing the area located casings and one residence that was damaged by gunfire. No injuries or other damage was reported. Detectives are following-up on the incident. No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Robbery Investigation, 2600 Rockingham Rd

On Friday December 1, 2017 at approximately 6:58 PM Davenport police responded a robbery in the 2600 block of Rockingham Road. A male subject entered Happy Joe’s Pizza and displayed a gun at staff and demanded money. The subject fled with and undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.Detectives are following-up on the incident. No further information is available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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IEMA Offers Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into 2018.

“Throughout December, we’ll offer tips to help people safely enjoy the holiday season, as well as provide ideas on gifts that can help friends and family stay safe during all types of emergencies,” said IEMA Acting Director Joe Klinger.

Klinger offered several ideas for preparedness and safety gifts, including the following:

• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology
• 
Flashlight with extra batteries
• 
First aid kit with sterile bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes, antiseptic, latex gloves, tweezers, scissors, soap and moistened towelettes, and thermometer
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Home emergency preparedness kit stocked with a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, weather radio and flashlights with extra batteries, first aid kit, shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water), manual can opener, and fire extinguisher
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Vehicle preparedness kit stocked with a flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; water and non-perishable snacks; blankets; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables; sack of sand or kitty litter; tool kit; and shovel
• Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector

Most preparedness gift items can be found in hardware and department stores.

Candles and strings of colored lights create a festive holiday atmosphere, but it’s important to be careful when using them. Candles should never be left unattended and should be placed on stable furniture in fire-safe holders that will catch dripping wax. Holiday lights and electrical decorations should bear the name of an independent testing lab to prove they were safety tested. 

IEMA will be posting holiday safety tips throughout December on the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.  

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Bustos Votes To Extend Brownfield Funding

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted in favor of H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act. The bill reauthorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) brownfields program through the 2022 Fiscal Year at its current funding level of $250 million per year. It also allows the EPA to provide additional funds to help small, rural and disadvantaged communities prepare for cleanups and access the brownfields program. The bill passed by a vote of 409-8.

 

“The brownfields program has invested millions of dollars in our communities and has some great success stories,”Congresswoman Bustos said. “There are plenty of sites ready to be cleaned up and repurposed in towns big and small. Whether it’s the waterfront civic center in Moline, the Barber-Colman factory campus in Rockford, or the riverfront in Rock Falls, we’ve seen this program’s positive results across our region. This vote was a no-brainer and will lead directly to economic opportunity for the hardworking families of northwestern and central Illinois.”

 

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of the property may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance. Types of brownfields include inactive factories, gas stations, salvage yards, or abandoned warehouses. These sites drive down property values, provide little or no tax revenue, and contribute to community blight. There are estimated to be 450,000 to one million brownfield sites in the United States.

 

According to the EPA, the brownfields program leverages $16.11 per dollar expended from the federal brownfields program, and creates 8.5 jobs for every $100,000 of EPA brownfields funds expended.

 

More information on brownfields in Illinois is available from the Illinois EPA here.

 

Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which shares jurisdiction over the brownfields program with the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Thefts in Rock Island County

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office is looking for any information regarding thefts from last Monday and Tuesday. The thefts took place at utility substations in the Milan and Reynolds areas. The suspects stole copper wife from both locations.

 

Anyone with information about these crimes or any person(s) involved are asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500 or submit a Web Tip. You do not have to give your name. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 and you can remain anonymous.

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Starting Today, the Iowa Shotgun Deer Hunting season begins!

Starting Today, the Iowa Shotgun Deer Hunting season begins! The Iowa Department of Natural Resources excepts to as much as 60,000 hunters today. The great weather may attract more hunters out this weekend. 

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Davenport Police Association's Annual Domestic Violence Toy Drive

The Davenport Police Association is sponsoring the Family Resources Inc. 2017 Toy
Drive on Saturday, December 9th (10am to 6pm) and Sunday December 10th (10am to
5pm). This annual event raises money and toys at Christmas time for children taking part
in Family Resources programs, which include: the Domestic Violence Shelters, Child
advocate programs (i.e. victims of sex assaults and other at risk programs) and the Adopt
a Family Program.
The Toy Drive and partnership started in 2002 after Family Resources offices were
burglarized right before Christmas, toys and funds were stolen. This Annual event has
benefited and supported many smiles on children’s faces at Christmas Time. As police
officers we deal first hand with victims, and witness the trauma these kids endure over
the years. This has been a tradition that has continued for the past 15 years and this would
not be possible without the support and generosity of the community. 100% of all
donations benefit the children involved in these programs.
Officers and Family Resources staff will be collecting new toys and donations at
Northpark Mall, 320 W Kimberly Rd by Firestone on Saturday, December 9th (10am to
6pm) and Sunday December 10th (10am to 5pm. Monetary donations may be made
payable to Family Resources Inc. Donations can also be dropped off at the following
locations:
Davenport Police Department at 416 Harrison St during day time hours
Matt Sturdevant State Farm Office at 1903 Pershing Av in Davenport
US Adventure RV at 5120 N Brady St, Davenport
Media inquiries can be directed at Sergeant Eric Gruenhagen, DPA President, 563-888-
3618 and Corporal Kris Mayer, Coordinator for the Toy Drive, at 563-328-6762.

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Yard Waste News in Bettendorf

Due to the recent unseasonably mild weather, the City of Bettendorf will continue to collect yard waste on residents’ regular collection day through Friday, December 8, 2017.  During the week of December 4 – 8, ALL yard waste bags will require stickers in order to be collected.

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Disney On Ice Opens Today At The TaxSlayer Center

Take adventure to new heights as Mickey, Minnie and your friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together when Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars comes to Moline from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 for seven performances at the TaxSlayer Center. Tickets are on sale NOW.

 

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like "Let it Go" and "In Summer." Life is the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an '80s pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights. Relive a "Tale as Old as Time" when Belle opens her heart to new adventures and the Beast's enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle inviting audiences to "Be Our Guest.".  

 

Experience unforgettable feats of strength and heart with the whole family whenDisney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars debuts your hometown!

 

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars start at just $17! All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the TaxSlayer Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. For group rates and information, call Lindsey at 309-277-1356.

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No Shave November Continues

 

No Shave November participants from the Moline Police Department and East Moline Police Department will hold their official group photo and be judged by Blaze Restoration on numerous categories to include “Best Beard” and “I Should Not Have a Beard”.  Blaze will also award the Police Department with the best beards a “Traveling Trophy” for bragging rights.

 

Also a check presentation to Tudi’s Tribe, the reason Officers were allowed to grow beards, will take place at 9:00am.  Moline Police Interim Chief John Hitchcock and East Moline Chief John Reynolds suspended the facial hair regulations for the month of November to allow the fundraiser which was coordinated by The Moline Police Benevolent Association and The East Moline Police Benevolent Association.

 

No Shave was sponsored by Blaze Restoration, The East Moline Breakfast Optimist, The Moline Police Benevolent Association and The East Moline Police Benevolent Association.

 

Participating Officers will be offered a free shave after the group photo.

 

Moline Police wish to thank the many citizens who purchased T-shirts or who just dropped off a donation for the cause. 

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Holiday Package Delivery Warnings

Christmas shopping is in high gear for many, and some thieves are taking advantage of those having packages delivered to their homes. Local police are warning of incidents in which online purchases have been delivered to some area homes, only to be stolen shortly after by thieves waiting for the packages while the residents are away. One of the biggest things you can do as a shopper, according to Madison County Sheriff John Lakin, is to not broadcast your schedule for any and all to see.

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Lakin also says try to make sure any packages that are delivered are left outside for as little time as possible.

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Littles With Law Enforcement Holiday Shopping On Sunday

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley (BBBS-MV) has partnered with the Bettendorf Police Department and Walmart for the inaugural “Littles with Law Enforcement” holiday shopping event. On Sunday, December 3, at 2:15 pm, approximately 10 Bettendorf Police Officers will be matched with approximately 20 BBBS “Little Brothers” at the BBBS-MV office, 130 W. 5th Street, Davenport.

 

At approximately 2:30 pm, Police Officers and Little Brothers will head to Walmart, 3101 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, to participate in a shopping event. Each Little Brother will be given a $75 gift card to purchase holiday gifts for family members. They will also get to shop with a uniformed police officer. This is the first of hopefully many “Bigs in Blue” events between BBBS-MV and Quad City Law Enforcement agencies.

 

After the shopping experience, all persons will come back to the BBBS-MV office for gift wrapping and pizza. The event is expected to conclude by 5 pm.

 

The event is co-sponsored by Walmart and the Bettendorf Peace Officer’s Association.

 

ABOUT BIGS IN BLUE: Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in communities throughout our nation, building strong, trusting, lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve. 

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IL Home Sales Up in October

 Statewide home sales shifted back into positive territory in October following several months of declines and median prices continued to make year-over-year gains, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in October 2017 totaled 12,796 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from 12,764 in October 2016.

The statewide median price in October was $185,000, up 3.9 percent from October 2016, when the median price was $178,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"The housing market cooled in some areas with the weather in October, but the underlying desire by buyers to get into a new home remains a constant," said Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "The continued drop in the average time it takes to sell a home in the state coupled with an increase in median prices over last October shows that even in what's traditionally a slower time many people are willing to wade into the market and make aggressive offers.”

The time it took to sell a home in October averaged 54 days, down from 60 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 57,911 homes for sale, a 10.4 percent decline from October 2016 when there were 64,601 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.90 percent in October 2017, an increase from 3.81 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In October 2016, it averaged 3.47 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in October 2017 totaled 8,994 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from October 2016 sales of 8,969 homes. The median price in October 2017 was $222,500 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 3.5 percent from $215,000 in October 2016.

“While consumer sentiment about the economy appears positive, there is still hesitation about the housing market,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “However, mortgage applications have increased and prices and sales in both Illinois and Chicago increased on an annual basis, a trend that is forecast to continue into 2018.”

According to the data, forty-three (43) Illinois counties reported sales gains for October 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Rock Island County, up 19.5 percent with 135 units sold; DuPage County, up 5.3 percent with 1,066 units sold; and Madison County, up 1.0 percent with 304 units sold. Fifty-five (55) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Peoria County, up 13.8 percent to $119,500; Lake County, up 11.1 percent to $227,750; and Sangamon County, up 5.0 percent to $132,450.

The city of Chicago saw year-over-year home sales hold steady in October 2017 with 2,047 sales, compared to 2,046 in October 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in October 2017 was $262,000, up 0.7 percent compared to October 2016 when it was $260,100. 

“Steady seems to be the name of the game, and this fall is proving no different,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Vice President of Agent Development at @properties. “Although inventory continues to tighten, we now see an increase in new construction that is fueling price gains, particularly in the condo market. As we enter the holiday season, between the healthy economy and strong demand, these trends show little signs of slowing down.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Nov. 7, 2017 for the period Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.     

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Red Cross Asking For Holiday Donations

The holiday season is known for the spirit of giving and the American Red Cross is asking for your help in giving the gift of life. The holidays are traditionally a slow time for blood donations. Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo (ZIHD-low) says he'd like to see donors offer up one more donation in 2017.

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All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply of blood is available. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, on the new Red Cross Blood Donor App, or by visiting redcrossblood.org 

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Quarters One Plans Holiday Open House

 Quarters One on Arsenal Island opens for a Christmas Tea & Tour on Sunday, December 10, 2017, hosted by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation.  There will be two seatings, one at 12 noon and one at 3 p.m.

 

Attendees of the Christmas Tea will enjoy savory and sweet delights, several types of teas, and a guided tour of the historic Quarters One mansion decorated for the holidays.

 

Tickets are $25 per person, and may be purchased online at www.davenporthouse.org or by calling Judy Tumbleson at 309-786-5980.  Please indicate which time you’d like to attend.  Only paid attendees of the Christmas Tea will be able to tour Quarters One.

 

The Christmas Tea is sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America and Modern Woodmen representative Doug Grenier.

 

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation.  This tour has been declared a Special Event so guests may enter Arsenal Island with their U.S. picture ID at any gate.  Simply tell the guard you are going to Quarters One.

 

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community. 

 

For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.

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World Aids Day December 1st

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that the 29th annual observance World AIDS Day will be commemorated on December 1, 2017.  World AIDS Day aims to increase awareness of the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS epidemic globally and in the US.

 

    World AIDS day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.  The World AIDS Day Theme for 2017 is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships."  World AIDS Day 2017 is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the gap.  Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by focusing attention, partnering and achieving the goal of giving all people access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.  Making sure no one is being left behind.

 

    World AIDS Day 2017 Goals include:

 

    * Closing the HIV testing gap by helping the 19 million people who are unaware of their HIV-positive status to get support.

 

    * Closing the treatment gap, so all 35 million people living with HIV will have access to life-saving medicine.

 

    * Closing the gap in access to medicines for children, so all children living with HIV will be able to access treatment, not just the 24% who have access today.

 

    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion adds, "To give people a more national perspective, according to the most recent CDC data, approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly 1 in five of those are not aware that they are infected. Also nearly 50,000 Americans become newly infected with HIV each year and more than 14,000 people with AIDS die each year in the US.  Yet, studies show that some of the populations with the highest rates of infection either do not recognize their risk or believe that HIV is no longer a serious health threat.  And research indicates that individuals who are complacent about the threat of HIV are more likely to practice risky behaviors."

 

     For more information on the Department's confidential AIDS/HIV testing and counseling, educational materials, and AIDS prevention services call the Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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Cursive Will be Taught By Law in Illinois Schools

A new state law coming next school year will require schools to teach cursive writing. The day and age of typing out emails and text’s won’t take away from penmanship says Democrat Senator Kimberly Lightford. It’s a needed skill she notes and schools will have to teach it.

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Students better have those pencil sharpened for the 2018 school year. 

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QC Crimestoppers Offers Holiday Special


Need some holiday cash?  Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities Board of Directors announces they will pay enhanced rewards for information that leads to felony arrests for the period of Friday November 24 through Friday December 8, 2017.

The Board will increase reward amounts by 50 percent (with a $1,000 maximum) during this time period. 

Crime Stoppers works with the public, media and law enforcement to solve crimes in both Rock Island County Illinois and Scott County Iowa.   Citizens can report  information on unsolved felony crimes and the location of people wanted on felony warrants, and receive a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Since our inception in 1982 Crime Stoppers has helped solve over 3,500 cases and has paid out around $334,000 in cash rewards.  

Visit our website www.qccrimestoppers.com to view Crimes of the Week, Unsolved Crimes, Missing Persons and Wanted Suspects.   

If you have information concerning unsolved felony crimes or the location of people wanted on felony warrants, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 309-762-9500.  You can also submit your tip from our website or through our free mobile app “P3 Tips.”

Join us in the fight against crime in the Quad Cities!

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Health Dept Celebrates Home Health Month


 

    The Henry and Stark Health Department announces that November is National Home Health Care Month. Tabatha Eiselstein, MSN RN Director of Home Care with the Health Department, believes this is a great way to focus attention on the thousands of dedicated professionals who have made it their work to enable people to stay in the comfort of their own home and get needed medical and personal cares.

 

    "Every year National Home Health Month offers us an opportunity to remind each of us of the importance of these services to our aging and recuperating population.  Our dedicated nurses, therapists, and aides make the difference between life and death on a daily basis and are the very personification of 'caring,' the one word summary of the Golden Rule." Home health makes the best financial sense as well.  Based on demography and dollars, experts agree that the destiny of health care lies in the home.  There is a growing demand for home care as the 78 million baby boomers continue to age.

 

    Founded in 1966, the Health Department has been providing home health services to this area's homebound patients and their families for over 51 years.  In honor of National Home Health Care Month the Health Department notes the following facts:

 

* It costs Medicare nearly $2000 per day for a typical hospital stay and $559 per day for a typical nursing home stay.  Meanwhile, Home Health Care costs just $44 a day on average.

 

* Nearly 12 million Americans now rely on Home Health Care.  Medicare covers only 3.5 million of them.

 

* Home Care keeps families together.

 

* Home Care promotes healing and prevents infection.

 

* Statistics show home health patients get better faster in their own homes

 

* Home Care improves quality of life and has been proven to extend life.

 

* Home Care is the cost-effective health care solution.

In 2016, home care providers traveled 7.6 billion miles to deliver services.

 

     Health Department home health services include: skilled nursing and home health aide visits; homecare assistant services; and speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

 

     The Health Department still believes is where you want to be when you're recuperating from an illness or injury.  Even with all the challenges of Medicare and insurance companies, the Health Department home health staff remains committed to providing quality home health care, as we've done for so many years.  To arrange homecare services, call the Health Department at (309) 852-0492.  Or, for more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

 

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Jesse White Targets Holiday Shoppers Abusing Disability Parking at Malls Statewide

Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that Secretary of State Police will conduct statewide parking stings targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls beginning Black Friday, Nov. 24. 

 

“Our mission is not to issue tickets, but to ensure that accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them,” White said. “Parking illegally in a space reserved for people with disabilities means a possible driver’s license suspension and a hefty fine, money which could otherwise be used on gifts. Remember, if you don’t belong there, don’t park there.”

 

Drivers caught misusing a placard face a six-month driver’s license suspension and a $600 fine. Repeat violators will face a one-year driver’s license suspension and a $750 fine for a second offense; for third or subsequent offenses, violators will face a $1,000 fine plus a one-year driver’s license revocation. The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a disability placard or license plates can be up to $350 and using a deceased person’s placard or a fraudulent placard can result in a $2,500 fine and one-year revocation of a driver’s license.

 

Currently, 627,281 permanent disability placards and 51,416 disability license plates are registered in Illinois.

 

Secretary White urges individuals to report abuse of parking spaces for people with disabilities by calling 217-785-0309. Callers should be prepared to report placard and license plate numbers as well the as the location of vehicles. People can also report abuse via the Secretary of State’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

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Mercer County Deputy was injured during a Traffic Stop

On last Wednesday, Jesse Walsh, age 29, struck a Mercer County Deputy while fleeing from the Deputy. Mr. Walsh was involved in a traffic stop and fled and then crashed his vehicle. The traffic stop was on the Mercer and Rock Island County line. Jesse Walsh was arrested on Thursday in Moline on a Mercer County warrant for Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.

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Safe Sleeping For Babies

What is more calming or peaceful than watching a baby sleep? But the Department of Children and Family Services wants parents to be reminded that there is a safe way for babies to sleep. Suffocation while sleeping and SIDS are among the leading causes of death for babies under a year old. DCFS’s Jennifer Florent says to lower the risk of those two things happening babies need to sleep safe.

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And Florent adds - keep that baby on its back when falling asleep. 

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IA Unemployment Rate Is Down

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.0 percent for October. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in October.

 

"Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since January, 2001. This is great news for Iowa's economy as we move into the holiday season," said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. "Our biggest gains this past month occurred in the manufacturing sector, which is the backbone of many of Iowa's rural communities and economy at large. This sector has grown 6,000 jobs in the last year."

   

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 51,000 in October. The current estimate is 9,800 lower than the year ago level of 60,800.  

 

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,635,700 in October. This figure was 3,400 higher than September and 500 lower than one year ago.   

 

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

  

Employment in Iowa establishments was little changed compared to last month and held at 1,586,700 jobs in October. Gains in Iowa’s goods-producing sectors were exactly matched by losses in service industries. Private industries pared jobs for the second-consecutive month and were led by losses in trade. On the other hand, government added 1,100 jobs due to growth at the state and local levels. Following this month’s report, total nonfarm employment is now up 13,500 jobs versus last year’s mark, a gain of 0.9 percent. 

 

Manufacturing led all sectors in jobs added in October (+2,200). This month’s gain for manufacturing is the second consecutive, and the fifth in the last six months. The majority of the jobs gained were in nondurable goods factories. Firms involved in food production and fabricated metal production added staff in October. Leisure and hospitality also added jobs in October (+1,800) with all of the growth stemming from accommodations and food services. Construction increased slightly in October (+500), snapping a streak of losses stretching back to April.  

 

Alternatively, trade, transportation, and utilities pared the most jobs of any super sector in October (-2,300). The losses were sharpest in retail trade (-1,000) which has shown some signs of weakness throughout the year. Annual losses have been evident in both food and beverage stores along with general merchandise retailers. Other services shed 1,300 jobs in October and professional and business services lost 1,200 jobs. Within this sector, administrative and support and waste management alone lost 1,400 jobs since September but remains up 900 jobs annually. Other sectors posting small losses this month included education and healthcare, information, and financial activities. 

 

Compared to last October, no sector has added more jobs in Iowa than manufacturing (+6,000) with the majority of the gains stemming from nondurable goods factories (+4,100). The annual growth in manufacturing marks a substantial turnaround for the sector that had lost jobs annually as recently as June of this year. Education, health care, and social assistance follows closely behind with 5,800 jobs added and leisure and hospitality is third with 4,400 jobs gained. Losses have been greatest in construction (-5,300) following a record-setting year last year that included several large-scale industrial projects. 

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IEMA: Don't wait for winter to be ready for winter

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says don’t wait for winter to be prepared for winter—especially when you’re on the road. Certain parts of Illinois saw some snow showers and wind last week and conditions on the road can deteriorate in a hurry, even in November says IEMA’s Patti Thompson.
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Thompson advise to have an emergency kit for your home as well. Tips are available at “ready.illinois.gov.”The first official day of winter is December 21st.

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Putnam Museum Offering Discounts on Sunday

The Putnam Museum & Science Center will offer a free laser cut ornament, made in the Putnam’s Fab Lab, with every $50 purchase in the Putnam’s museum store to celebrate Museum Store Sunday, Nov. 26.

 

More than 300 museums from three continents, five countries and 47 states are slated to participate in Museum Store Sunday with special events and promotions.

 

“Our gift store is full of treasures and items you won’t find elsewhere for all ages,” says Kim Findlay, president & CEO of the Putnam Museum & Science Center. “Why not purchase something unique and get the added benefit of a free ornament and supporting our mission to inspire ideas and interaction among people of all ages through entertaining experiences?”

 

The Putnam Museum Store features merchandise for all ages, including a large selection of jewelry, plush animals, hands-on science kits and more! The Museum will be open from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.

 

Putnam members, receive an extra 10% off all store purchases in addition to the free ornament. For questions or more information, visithttp://putnam.org/Visit/Plan/Museum-Store or call 563-324-1933.

 

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Bettendorf PD Assisting Seniors During the Holidays

The Bettendorf Police Department is partnering with CASI to benefit home-bound seniors. Visit the Bettendorf Police Department, 1609 State Street, and pick an ornament from the Angel Tree. The ornament will have a name of a senior and their need this holiday season.

Please return the gift with the ornament to the Police Department by Saturday, December 9, 2017. Please do not wrap the gifts. Bettendorf police officers will personally deliver each gift before Christmas.

Questions contact cthomas@bettendorf.org or cdavis@bettendorf.org

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Officials Urge Safe Thanksgiving

As thousands of additional motorists prepare to visit loved ones and celebrate Thanksgiving, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding drivers and passengers to Click It or Ticket to reduce the risk of traffic-related injuries.

“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, and with that comes an increase for crashes and related injuries, especially for those who are unbuckled,” said Priscilla Tobias, Director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development. “IDOT is committed to supporting the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization to help ensure friends and family members arrive at their Thanksgiving celebrations safely. Help us make zero fatalities a reality by buckling up and obeying traffic laws.”

IDOT is partnering with the Illinois State Police and more than 150 law enforcement agencies to increase patrols and checkpoints throughout the state. The enforcement effort began Nov. 17 and runs through the early morning hours of Nov. 27. A high concentration of patrols will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when seat-belt use declines and a higher percentage of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities occur.

Though the seat-belt usage rate in Illinois in 2016 was 93 percent, those who travel unbuckled represent a large percentage of traffic-related fatalities. Of the 1,078 people who died in 2016 crashes, only 57 percent were wearing their seat belt. Illinois law requires that all vehicle occupants wear seat belts. Not wearing a seat belt drastically increases the occupant’s risk of being injured or killed in the event of a crash.

“Thousands of motorists will be traveling across Illinois roadways this Thanksgiving weekend. For the safety of all motorists, the Illinois State Police will focus patrol efforts on the Fatal Four violations, the most common causes of fatal traffic crashes: DUI, speeding, occupant restraint and distracted driving,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Watch your speed, buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, and please move over or slow down for any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights activated.”

Visit BuckleUpIllinois.org for more information about Click It or Ticket.

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Frozen Landing Opens Today

: A season opening and tree lighting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 22 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Frozen Landing Family Ice Rink. The rink will officially open to the public immediately following the ceremony.


The rink, which is located at Middle Road and 23rd Street, is open to all ages and ability levels. There is no charge to skate. Skate rental is available, $2.00 rental fee for both children and adult skates. Concession will be available for purchase. Ice hockey is not permitted at any time. Hockey skates may be used, but hockey sticks and pucks are not allowed.

Holiday Hours of Operation are:

Wednesday, November 22, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 23, Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 24, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (this begins regular hours of operation)

Some of these days call for temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s. The rink will not be open if temperatures are above 50 degrees. Please call 563-549-0587 to see if the ice rink is open.

 

Regular Hours of operation are:
Monday thru Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

These hours may change dependent on the weather.

Please call 563-549-0587 or check the City’s website, www.bettendorf.org for school out days and holiday schedules.

The rink will not be open if raining, snow accumulation of 2 inches or more (until the rink is cleared), if temperatures are above 50 degrees, 5 degrees or below, or if the wind chill is -15 degrees.

Frozen Landing’s phone number is 563-549-0587.

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Bid for Your Holiday Gifts

Haven’t found the perfect item just yet for your holiday shopping? Maybe you can get that one of a kind gift by bidding online during the state’s unclaimed item auction. There are 450 things to bid on and Treasurer Mike Frerichs says you can find some pretty special stuff.

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The items are on the Treasurer’s website and the auction runs all next week.

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Click It or Ticket Campaign in Full Gear

 

East Moline – The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is generally one of the busiest travel holiday periods of the year.  As millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Lieutenant Jason LoCoco, reminds motorists to drive safely. 

Drivers can do their part to ensure they, and their passengers, experience safe travels.  Simply keeping your eyes on the road, watching your speed, buckling your seatbelt, and refraining from driving after consuming alcoholic beverages can reduce your chances of being involved in a traffic crash. 

The ISP will be doing our part to help keep the roadways safe from dangerous drivers.  Troopers will be on the watch for drivers exceeding speed limits and those who choose to drive distracted.  Along with regular patrols, we will also have additional patrols out to help remove intoxicated drivers from Illinois roadways. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.

The ISP is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.  The Click It or Ticket campaign officially started on November 17.  The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries and fatalities.  Stepped-up patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout the state through November 27.

“Troopers have seen first-hand the effects of motorists who choose poor or dangerous driving habits, and the aftermath,” states Lieutenant Jason LoCoco, “This truly motivates troopers to enforce traffic laws that will keep all motorists, including their own families, safe throughout this highly traveled holiday.”

Our goal is to ensure safe travels for you and your loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. If you find yourself behind the wheel, please watch the road and your speed, buckle up, and do not drive intoxicated.  

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AAA Predicts Heavy Holiday Travel

 AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.

In Illinois, nearly 2.7 million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, which is a 3.1 percent increase from 2016. Of those travelers, nearly 2.4 million will be driving (up 2.9 percent from 2016) and 207,000 will be flying to their destination (a 5.4 percent increase from 2016). Gas prices across Illinois are on average $2.74, up from $2.48 last month and up from $2.09 a year ago.
 
In Indiana, 1.1 million people are expected to travel, which is up 3.4 percent from 2016. Of those travelers, over one million are expected to travel by auto (3.2 percent increase) and about 89,000 by air (5.9 percent increase). In Indiana, gas prices are on average $2.70 per gallon, up from $2.43 a month ago and up considerably from $1.95 this time last year. The average price nationally for gas is $2.56.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence. These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year.”

By the Numbers: 2017 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

· Road trip ready: 89 percent of all travelers –45.5 million– are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over last year.

· Cheaper airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

· Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at 5 percent, with 3.95 million travelers.

· Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.

· Fueling up: Drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2015.

· Holiday high: Car rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles

 Lockouts, flat tires to strand 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving
AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues. AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.

Travelers Beware and Advised: Traffic Hotspots and Best and Worst Times to Hit the Road
Based on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion during the early evening – as early as Tuesday of Thanksgiving week - as commuters mix with holiday travelers. At its peak, drivers on Chicago’s interstates, for example, could see a delay of nearly 300 percent over the optimal trip.

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Bustos to Tour RI Arsenal

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will tour the Rock Island Arsenal and discuss her recent work negotiating and passing this year’s defense bill. Bustos, who served on the conference committee that developed the final version of the annual defense bill, worked with members of both parties as well as leaders from the Illinois and Iowa delegations to deliver a bill that will provide our troops with the tools they need to get the job done and ensure that Illinoisans can continue to play an important role in our national security. One of Bustos’ bills, the Department of Defense Check Before You Rent Act, was included in its entirety in the defense package. This legislation will require the military to certify that there is no usable space on existing military facilities, such as the Rock Island Arsenal, before renting new facilities at a cost of more than $750,000. This will help provide a steadier workflow to the Arsenal. For more background on the Defense Bill, click here.

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Iowa's Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.0 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.0 percent for October. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in October.

"Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since January, 2001. This is great news for Iowa's economy as we move into the holiday season," said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. "Our biggest gains this past month occurred in the manufacturing sector, which is the backbone of many of Iowa's rural communities and economy at large. This sector has grown 6,000 jobs in the last year."
  
The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 51,000 in October. The current estimate is 9,800 lower than the year ago level of 60,800. 

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,635,700 in October. This figure was 3,400 higher than September and 500 lower than one year ago.  

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment
 
Employment in Iowa establishments was little changed compared to last month and held at 1,586,700 jobs in October. Gains in Iowa’s goods-producing sectors were exactly matched by losses in service industries. Private industries pared jobs for the second-consecutive month and were led by losses in trade. On the other hand, government added 1,100 jobs due to growth at the state and local levels. Following this month’s report, total nonfarm employment is now up 13,500 jobs versus last year’s mark, a gain of 0.9 percent.

Manufacturing led all sectors in jobs added in October (+2,200). This month’s gain for manufacturing is the second consecutive, and the fifth in the last six months. The majority of the jobs gained were in nondurable goods factories. Firms involved in food production and fabricated metal production added staff in October. Leisure and hospitality also added jobs in October (+1,800) with all of the growth stemming from accommodations and food services. Construction increased slightly in October (+500), snapping a streak of losses stretching back to April. 

Alternatively, trade, transportation, and utilities pared the most jobs of any super sector in October (-2,300). The losses were sharpest in retail trade (-1,000) which has shown some signs of weakness throughout the year. Annual losses have been evident in both food and beverage stores along with general merchandise retailers. Other services shed 1,300 jobs in October and professional and business services lost 1,200 jobs. Within this sector, administrative and support and waste management alone lost 1,400 jobs since September but remains up 900 jobs annually. Other sectors posting small losses this month included education and healthcare, information, and financial activities.

Compared to last October, no sector has added more jobs in Iowa than manufacturing (+6,000) with the majority of the gains stemming from nondurable goods factories (+4,100). The annual growth in manufacturing marks a substantial turnaround for the sector that had lost jobs annually as recently as June of this year. Education, health care, and social assistance follows closely behind with 5,800 jobs added and leisure and hospitality is third with 4,400 jobs gained. Losses have been greatest in construction (-5,300) following a record-setting year last year that included several large-scale industrial projects. 

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Travel Expenses Up In The QC

 The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) announced today that travel-generated expenditures increased in the Quad Cities by 2 percent over the previous year.

 

In Scott and Rock Island Counties, travel-generated expenditures equaled $857 million in 2016, up over the $836 million in 2015.  These numbers highlight that for every $1 invested in tourism in Quad Cities, it generates $308 in local economic impact.

 

Growth was seen across the board with the release of Quad Cities tourism figures for 2016.  Local jobs supported by tourism are now over 8,000 for the first time since 2001.  Local sales tax receipt numbers grew from $13 million in 2015 to $14 million in 2016.

 

“The ongoing increase of travel-related expenditures in the Quad Cities demonstrates that more travelers are coming to the Quad Cities each year, providing a direct economic benefit for our community,” said Joe Taylor, QCCVB president/CEO.  “These numbers show that the QCCVB’s strategic efforts to attract visitors and promote travel to the Quad Cities continues to deliver benefits to local municipalities and residents.”

 

“We expect the growth to continue,” Taylor says.  “Hotel occupancy is up, website visitation year to date is 49 percent higher compared to 2016, and social media engagement is up 11 percent.  61 percent of our Facebook fans are from outside the main Quad Cities.”

 

The QCCVB has many conventions booked for 2018.  Some in the first three months include:

  • American Cue Sports Tournament – January 18-21; $375,000 economic impact
  • Winter Iowa Senior Games – February 23-25; $18,000 economic impact
  • MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament – March 8-11; $1.3 million economic impact
  • Gathering of the Green – March 21-24; $1.9 million economic impact

 

The State of Iowa saw overall growth for the fifth year.  They released that domestic travelers spent $8.23 billion in Iowa during 2016.  Five sectors increased significantly including retail, entertainment and recreation, lodging, food service, and public transportation.

 

The State of Illinois released previously that domestic travelers spent nearly $35.1 billion in Illinois during 2016, a 1.8% increase from 2015.  In 2016, domestic travelers to Illinois generated $2.6 billion in state and local tax revenue, an increase of $106 million from 2015.

 

The U.S. Travel Association researches and prepares these reports for each state which also includes the statistics broken down by county.

 

The QCCVB is the official tourism destination marketing and management organization for the Quad Cities region.  The organization serves the tourism interests of Scott County in Iowa and Rock Island, Mercer, Warren and Henderson Counties in Illinois.  The QCCVB increases visitor expenditures and overnight stays through strategic sales, marketing, and services to customers, members and communities.  The Quad Cities averages over 1 million visitors a year that generate an $857 million economic impact on the local economy.  Visit www.visitquadcities.com for more information.

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Tis the Season Celebration

The City of Bettendorf will host the eighth annual Tis the Season, senior holiday celebration, on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m.

 

Seniors 60 and older are invited to enjoy holiday music, entertainment, and refreshments. This event is free and open to all Quad Cities seniors.

 

Festivities will begin with greetings and opening remarks from Mayor Bob Gallagher. City Administrator Decker Ploehn will host the event and members of the City Council and city staff will serve.

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Family Fight turns into an Arrest

Last night, a knife was pulled during a family fight in Davenport. The fight took place on Wilkes Avenue. The man who had the knife stabbed two family members. Both members received stab wounds with one having moderate injury and one had moderate to severe non-threatening injuries. The man who stabbed the other two members was arrested outside the house. He has been charged with willful injury and domestic assault with a weapon.

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Mallards Game STOPPED due to a Medical Emergency

Last night, at the Quad City Mallards game against Tulsa Oilers has been postponed. The oilers head coach AHL hall of famer Rob Murray had a medical emergency during the second period of last night’s game. No further information was given by press time.

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IDOT Seeks Feedback on 2017 Freight Plan

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation has released its 2017 Freight Plan, which outlines the state’s strategy for facilitating the successful and efficient movement of goods. Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 30.

“Illinois serves as the transportation hub of North America. It’s important we have a reliable infrastructure system to support the freight industry, which moves nearly $3 trillion of goods into, out of and through Illinois each year,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The efficient movement of goods is a key driver for our state’s economic prosperity.”

Freight in Illinois is moved by truck, rail, water and air. The 2017 plan examines road congestion, the importing and exporting of goods, workforce trends and other factors that impact effective movement of freight. The plan highlights the existing system of freight traffic and envisions potential improvements in the future.

Illinois’ freight system transports more than 1 billion tons of freight per year, valued at $2.97 trillion. More than 450 million tons of freight are moved by rail alone, representing more than $1.6 trillion. The Freight Plan also accounts for cargo origins and destinations both domestic and abroad. Goods from Illinois travel across the globe, from Asia to Europe and Africa to South America.

The public can view the plan in its draft form and provide comments by visiting www.idot.illinois.gov/home/freight_plan_feedback

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Bustos At Augustana College Today

Friday at 9:00 AM in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will host her fourth annual Economic Summit at Augustana College. Attendees will include business leaders, economic development planners, educators, labor leaders and community leaders. This year’s theme is regional collaboration – encouraging communities to work together and pool their resources to invest in projects that will lead directly to job creation.

 

The speaking program begins at will start at 9:05 AM.

 

Congresswoman Bustos will speak at 9:10 AM

 

The keynote address will be at 9:20 AM. It will be delivered by Frank Fiorenza, a Rockford native who has been the Village President of Potosi, WI, population 675, since 1993. He spearheaded the village’s effort to revitalize itself by bringing back its historic craft brewery, which has driven Potosi and the surrounding communities to become destination tourism spots.

There will be three panel discussions:

 

· Opportunities and Challenges to Partnering with Education to Address Workforce Readiness;

· Coordinating to Improve Our Region’s Infrastructure; and

· Resources Available for Businesses and Communities

 

A media availability for Congresswoman Bustos and Mr. Fiorenza will take place at 9:50 AM.

 

The event will conclude at 12:30 PM.

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Bettendorf Police Department's Angel Tree for Seniors

The Bettendorf Police Department is partnering with CASI to benefit home-bound seniors. Visit the Bettendorf Police Department, 1609 State Street, and pick an ornament from the Angel Tree. The ornament will have a name of a senior and their need this holiday season.

 

Please return the gift with the ornament to the Police Department by Saturday, December 9, 2017. Please do not wrap the gifts. Bettendorf police officers will personally deliver each gift before Christmas.
 

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Turkey Thawing Tips


    It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving.  And the staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note as cooks across the country ready themselves for this annual feast day, it's important to remember that if you don't eat the skin, and if you skim the fat from the gravy, turkey makes a healthy feast.  However, preparing this bird does bring with it some special concerns. 

 

    So to better guarantee that your Thanksgiving holiday is a healthy one, the Health Department offers up some helpful "Turkey Tactics."  Most poultry now comes with a safe handling label - read it.  If the bird is frozen, defrost it in the refrigerator, if possible.  Here are refrigerator thawing times for various size turkeys:

 

* 8 to 12 pound turkey takes 1 to 2 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 12 to 16 pound turkey takes 2 to 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 16 to 20 pound turkey takes 3 to 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* Pieces of a turkey, such as a half or quarter will take 1 to 2 days thawing time in the refrigerator

 

     Dorothy David, Director of Environmental Health Services notes, "If the beast is huge and you're short of time, submerge it (in its plastic wrapping) in potable running water at a temperature of 70 degrees fahrenheit, with sufficient water velocity to agitate and float off loose food particles with the overflow."

 

     If you have a small bird and a large microwave, you can safely defrost it that way.  Roast the turkey as soon as it is thawed.  Any poultry can have salmonella and other bacteria.  After handling poultry, wash your hands and utensils that have come in contact with the raw meat.

 

     Do not thaw the turkey on the kitchen counter.  A frozen turkey thaws from the outside in.  As the surface warms, bacteria multiply.  While thawing, the surface bacteria could multiply to dangerously high levels. One cannot rely on cooking to destroy all bacteria.  In addition, some food poisoning bacteria produce toxins that can't be destroyed though cooking.

    

     Use a meat thermometer.  Cook to 170 to 175 degrees in the thickest part of the breast, 180-185 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh, and 160-165 degrees in the stuffing.  "Slow cooking" overnight is not safe because bacteria have time to multiply.

 

     Don't stuff a bird early.  Stuff it only when ready to put it in the oven.  If you refrigerate a large stuffed uncooked turkey, the stuffing may not chill fast enough, allowing bacteria growth.  Cooking the stuffing separately is safer.

 

     For more information on food safety, call the Health Department Environmental Health Division at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Why We Need the Great American Smokeout

 

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.

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